You know that the colder weather is here when parsnips are in the markets – and there they were last weekend!
Using two truly winter vegetables – parsnips and celeriac – this is a bake can be assembled in advance and just finished prior to serving, add a little extra time, to ensure that the dish is heated through.
Parsnip & Celeriac Bake
As I have done here, the vegetable mixture can be divided between
individual dishes or ramekins rather than baked in one large dish.
Note: On this occasion I forgot to add the sage – I found the chopped sage still sitting on the chopping board after getting the bake out of the oven – it still tasted good, but the sage does add great flavour.
4 medium parsnips, peeled and cubed
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 medium celeriac, peeled and cubed
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup whole milk
1 tbsp chopped sage leaves
1 cup coarse breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated hard cheese of your choice – I used a local artisian sheep cheese but Parmesan or Romano would also work
1 tbsp olive oil
1 Place parsnips and garlic in a saucepan of cold water, place over a medium-high heat and bring to the boil. Add celeriac, bring back to the boil, add salt to taste and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until parsnips and celeriac are tender. Drain well.
2 Preheat oven to 180°C. Mash parsnip mixture with a good knob of butter and milk. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Add sage and mix to combine. Spoon vegetable mixture into baking dish.
3 For the topping, combine breadcrumbs, cheese and oil with a good grind of salt and black pepper. Scatter over parsnip/celeriac mash and bake for 25-30 minutes or until topping is crisp and
Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Parsnips, garlic: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Celeriac, sage: The Chef’s Garden @ Epicurean – Hastings; Milk, cheese: Origin Earth – Havelock North; Store Cupboard Ingredients: butter, breadcrumbs, salt, black pepper
Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.
Happy cooking and eating.
Recipe by Rachel Blackmore
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